Using Meta-Analysis to Generate "Best Practice" Guidelines for Delinquency Intervention Programs

Mark W. Lipsey, Vanderbilt Inst.for Public Policy Studies

This presentation describes a project that uses a large meta-analysis database to identify the distinctive characteristics of the delinquency intervention programs that are most effective for reducing reoffense rates for different juvenile populations. The profiles of such characteristics constitute "best practice" templates that can guide program development, selection, and evaluation. Moreover, for any given program approach (e.g., family counseling, interpersonal skill training), the relevant portion of the database can be used to describe the duration, frequency, mix of services, and clientel that yields the best outcomes. Discussion will focus on the ways such information can be used to improve program practice in juvenile justice and community prevention settings.

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